Maryland Girl, 17, Found Dead Near Walking Trail; Homicide Investigation Underway

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A Maryland sheriff's office has opened a homicide investigation after a 17-year-old girl's body was found with apparent injuries in a wooded area off a walking trail.

A passerby found the body in Frederick late Saturday afternoon and alerted authorities, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Sunday.

Investigators were later able to identify the deceased female as a 17-year-old from Hagerstown, about a half hour away. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Police said that they don't believe there's a danger to the general public. The Frederick News-Post reported that police believe the attack was not a random act of violence.

No further details were immediately released.

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